Bogus delivery driver stole thousands after breaking into Scots pensioner’s home

Bogus delivery driver stole thousands after breaking into Scots pensioner's home

A bogus delivery driver stole thousands of pounds in cash after breaking into a man’s home.

CCTV appears to show him wearing clothing similar to employees of the DPD parcel delivery service – but in the wrong colour.

DPD say their employees working in that area wear red uniforms and the suspect caught on CCTV wore a turquoise and dark blue top.

He entered the home of 64-year-old James Meechan, on on Dunnichen Avenue, Forfar, and stole cash from his bedroom.

Mr Meechan, who has limited mobility, had been out enjoying a family get-together on Sunday, May 17, when the man, dressed in similar clothing to the DPD uniform, pounced at the Dunnichen Avenue property.

Bogus delivery driver stole thousands of pounds in cash after breaking into a man’s home.

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Police Scotland have confirmed inquiries into the theft are ongoing.

James’s son Jamie said this was the second incident involving someone posing as a courier driver this month.

“My dad was in the house the first time this happened on May 2,” Jamie said.

“The guy came to the rear of the property and came in. My dad confronted him and he claimed he was looking for number 69 and left.

“He checked with the people at 69 and they confirmed they weren’t expecting any deliveries and had no one at their door.

“Based on what happened recently we think my dad’s address has 100% been targeted, as they’ve come back again on Sunday around the same time.”

After the first incident the family reported it to the police and installed CCTV cameras in the back garden.

Jamie, 32, added: “Given what had happened my dad was concerned, as we all were, about what had happened and we decided to put cameras up as a further deterrent.

“The man has been captured on the camera at the rear of the house.

“He is in there for eight minutes and went straight for the bedroom, before stealing a four-figure sum of cash.

“Being old-school my dad liked to have money in the house. They’ve taken the cash and also a box of cigarettes.

“It would appear he used a key or some sort of device to gain access and he locked my dad’s rottweiler in the living room.”

Jamie launched an appeal on social media showing the footage, in the hope they can track those responsible.

He said: “The response on social media has been great.

“There had been two men at the address. One had been waiting in an unmarked white transit van which neighbours had clocked.

“Residents have got CCTV of the transit and they also spotted the driver, who they described as mid to late-30s and wearing an orange snood.

“He parked further down the street from the house. Going on the CCTV footage of the guy who entered my dad’s address we reckon he was 5ft 10in or 5ft 11in.

“His build was stocky and we reckon he was between 30 and 40 and wearing work clothing.”

Jamie added: “We sadly lost my mother in November and this has been my mum and dad’s home for the past 10 years.

“My dad doesn’t want to move but feels like he can’t leave the house now because this has happened, he is naturally shaken.

A DPD spokesman said: “To reassure customers, all our drivers in the area are in red DPD liveried vehicles, red uniforms and carry DPD ID with them.”

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